U.S. House passes D.C. statehood bill, but votes still lacking in Senate
By: Laura Olson - April 22, 2021
WASHINGTON — For the second time, the U.S. House of Representatives has passed a measure to make the District of Columbia the 51st state, sending the historic bill to the Senate on a party-line vote.
Pause for Johnson & Johnson vaccine extended as federal health panel wrestles with next steps
By: Laura Olson - April 14, 2021
WASHINGTON — Use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 shot will remain paused for at least a week, after a federal vaccine advisory panel said Wednesday that it had too little data on a rare but serious blood-clotting condition reported in at least six women.
Arizona among states pausing J&J vaccine after recommendation from U.S. health officials
By: Laura Olson - April 13, 2021
Arizona is pausing use of the J&J vaccine after top public health officials said six cases of a rare type of blood clot warrant a pause.
Quest for D.C. statehood finds new friends and foes: Other states
By: Laura Olson - April 7, 2021
WASHINGTON — Congress had yet to even schedule a hearing on a measure granting statehood to the District of Columbia when a panel of state lawmakers in Arizona voted in February to take a stand against D.C.’s plea to become the 51st state.
Special Report: Many members of Congress are vaccinated against COVID-19, but some still hesitate
By: Laura Olson and Ariana Figueroa - March 30, 2021
WASHINGTON — Members of Congress were among the first people in the U.S. to have access to the sought-after COVID-19 vaccine when the initial doses became available in December.
Biden slams ‘un-American’ GOP drive to curb voting rights in the states
By: Laura Olson - March 25, 2021
WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Thursday in his first formal news conference since taking office blasted Republican-controlled state legislatures that are seeking to restrict voting access, labeling those attempts “sick” and “un-American.”
GOP AGs slam tax cut ban in stimulus law as ‘unprecedented and unconstitutional’
By: Laura Olson - March 17, 2021
WASHINGTON — Republican attorneys general from 21 states are attacking the $1.9 trillion pandemic relief law as an “unprecedented and unconstitutional infringement” on state sovereignty because it restricts tax cuts by states.
Will the latest COVID aid package prohibit Ducey’s tax cuts?
By: Laura Olson - March 15, 2021
WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden’s massive pandemic stimulus law pumps a welcome infusion of federal aid into state and local government coffers — but one brief section is raising questions about whether states are barred from cutting their own taxes if they accept the federal help.
Biden to states: Make all adults eligible for COVID-19 vaccines by May 1
By: Laura Olson - March 11, 2021
WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is directing states to make all adults eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine by May 1, according to a White House memo ahead of his first primetime address Thursday evening. Biden’s COVID-19 advisers are projecting that enough Americans in priority groups will be able to access the vaccine by the end of […]
Congress clears giant $1.9T pandemic aid package for Biden’s signature
By: Laura Olson - March 10, 2021
WASHINGTON — A sweeping $1.9 trillion coronavirus stimulus package is headed to President Joe Biden’s desk after the U.S. House passed the latest pandemic relief measure Wednesday on a party-line vote.
CDC: It’s OK for vaccinated grandparents to visit family if no risk for severe disease
By: Laura Olson - March 8, 2021
People who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can safely socialize inside with other vaccinated individuals without wearing masks or maintaining distance, federal health officials advised Monday in their first formal guidance for vaccinated Americans.
GOP opposition to state and local aid remains as Senate heads toward vote on COVID bill
By: Laura Olson - March 3, 2021
WASHINGTON — As Democrats seek to send President Joe Biden their latest $1.9 trillion pandemic relief bill, federal lawmakers remain deeply divided on the question of whether state and local governments need another infusion of federal aid.